Wide valleys and soft sloping hills, woodland, lakes and herds of roaming horses, as well as landscapes reminiscent of the dolomites, characterize the Nebrodi mountains. Numerous paths and mule tracks cross the park, an island within an island, as the Arabs called the area. Quite unlike the rest of Sicily, known for its hot sun and beautiful beaches, the Nebrodi mountain park offers a wealth of woods, of running rivers and fresh water streams. The 70 km long mountain chain linking the Madonie and Peloritan mountains and Etna with the Tyrrhenian sea reaches a height of 1,847 metres at Mt. Soro and offers sceneries otherwise unknown to southern Italy, amongst which the spectacular Rocche del Crasto. The surrounding area, wonderfully variegated and unspoilt, constitutes Sicily’s largest natural protected area. The evocative hillside villages on the edges of the park are all well worth a visit; from San Fratello, famous for its own special breed of horse to S. Stefano di Camastra, known for its traditional ceramics and from S. Marco d'Alunzio to Mistretta. The park is also renowned for its exquisite local cuisine including meats and salame from the black pig of the Nebrodis and pistachios from Bronte.